Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist promotes grit as the trait of success with small scientific backing. The Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth is the New York Times bestselling book. Grit is defined as the perseverance and passion for your long term goals.


Grit is to have a stamina, sticking on your future not only for just a week or the month but for years but you should work really hard to make your future a reality. Grit is living your life like you’re in a marathon. Pioneering psychologist Angel Duckworth shows anyone who is striving to succeed, be it students, parents, athletes, educators or business people, that the secret to excellent achievement is not the talent or intelligence but it is the special combination of passion and persistence that she calls “grit”.

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing her fresh insight from her notable research on grit, the MacArthur brilliance Angela Duckworth give reasons why talent is a difficult insurer of success. There are other factors that can be even more crucial as identifying our passion and following through our commitments. Angela Duckworth has found out that grit with a merger of passion and perseverance for a certain goal is the trademark of great achievers in every territory. She also found some scientific evidence that grit grows.

She asked the students who are currently in high school to answer a series of questions then compared the results. Surprisingly, the things like the family income or test scores did not indicate who would graduate among them.  In all of the different context, only one characteristic is the symbolic predictor of success. Angela says that it was not the social perception, good appearance, physically fit or IQ but it was the Grit.

Most people are rushing to succeed but Angela Duckworth says that living a gritty life is much more like a marathon. It fuels your passion to stick with the goals that you can’t achieve in one day. Talent does not make you gritty. She says that their data shows very clearly that there are lots of talented individuals that does not follow through their commitments.

Duckworth says that having a growth mindset and idea of Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck is one of the closest thing in building grit. It simply implies that the person’s ability to learn is not permanent or it is incapable of changes, according to Dweck’s findings. Encourage the children to persevere after they experience failure. It is the start of developing grit but according to Duckworth, there are more things to be done because we need to be grittier for us to succeed.

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